Explore the countryside around Medellin, connect with nature and sleep under the stars in the best glamping, eco-hotels and eco-lodges in Antioquia.
Medellin sits in a valley belonging to a spectacular mountain range that’s well worth exploring. The natural riches that surround Medellin is the principal reason this mountain metropolis exists in the first place, and the vertically challenging geography explains so much about what makes the hard-working people of Medellin tick. So if you are going to stay in Medellin, spend time discovering the rivers, forests, and mountains of Antioquia. Switch off the wi-fi and enjoy some serious forest bathing. Recharge your batteries in some unique glamping and wild sleeping arrangements that will help you connect with nature. Colombia’s hotel infrastructure, in some of the more remote areas, is playing catchup, but there are plenty of tiny cabins, eco-lodges or glamping camps springing up within a four hour drive of Medellin, making it possible to see the best of the country – its remarkable biodiversity – up close. What better way to immerse yourself into nature than booking yourself into a tree house, bubble or teepee for the night? These are our favourite eco-lodge and glamping options in Antioquia.
If you need help arranging transport, check out our guide to getting around Medellin.
Bosko // Guatape
If you’re a city slicker that likes your glamping with all the comforts of home, you’ll want to book one of the Golden “mush-rooms“ at this glitzy glamping venue in Guatape. Decked out with a king size bed, private bathroom, open-air shower, wooden deck and hot-tub, the Golden Mushroom dome tent is a cut above some of the other glamping options in Guatape. There’s a shared jacuzzi with a great view of El Peñol and plenty of opportunities to explore the spectacular countryside trekking or messing about in boats on the artificial lakes of El Peñol.
From: USD$200 / Night
Bubble Sky // El Retiro
The Bubble Sky team offers nature lovers and star gazers an opportunity to enjoy 360 views in three fantastic glamping locations. Bubble Sky has nestled its popular bubbles in the woods of El Retiro, Guatape and Altos Las Palmas in Envigado. Each of the high-end glamping bubbles comes with a jacuzzi, a deck, an open-air bathroom, and a net to throw yourselves into and lay back, breathe in the fresh air and admire the wonders of mother nature. These top-of-the-line glamping designs are perfect for stargazing but can get a little sweaty during the day. All the bubbles have been well pointed with designer furniture, deluxe BBQ and air conditioning.
From: USD$160 / Night
T. +58 412 111 8230
Natural Eco Hotel // Doradal
Rustic cabañas with traditional thatched roofs, each equipped with a jacuzzi or bathtub in a lush forest setting. Nature Eco Hotel is a popular getaway for couples that want to dive into nature and enjoy a restorative weekend escape from Medellin. Close to Hacienda Napoles, the former finca / HQ of Pablo Escobar, the surrounding area can be sweltering at times, which appeals to the montañeros looking for some tropical vibes but there are plenty of waterways to jump into to freshen up.
From: USD$110 / Night
T. +57 314 607 5537
Entre Aguas Ecolodge // Doradal
This hippy chic, eco-retreat is nestled in Colombia’s tropical rainforest four hours from Medellin on the road south towards Bogota. Its blessed location between the rivers Claro and La Miel means there’s an abundance of barefoot luxury opportunities to dive headfirst into nature. Let the free-flowing waters wash away any stress with a kayak expedition along La Miel or plunge into the cleansing emerald pools of Rio Claro. The hotel boasts a healthy menu of sourdough pizzas, local fish and organic salads, as well as the possibility of an emotional and physical reset with a bonafide encounter with Colombia’s ancestral medicine. For more info on the latter talk with the hotel’s owner Lorena Velasquez.
From: USD$100 / Night
Tierra de Agua // Cocorná
Sat high up in the hills around Cocorna, an hour and a half from Medellin, this eco-friendly retreat has some wonderful bamboo cabins tucked into the forest with fresh water pools dotted throughout the property. Tierra de Agua, or land of water, sits in a spectacular valley on the convergence of two of the most important rivers running through Antioquia serving up a smorgasbord of activities for spirited adventurers. There’s rappelling, paragliding, white water rafting and trekking for starters. The retreat also works with local indigenous groups to offer ancestral medicine if you’re looking for a spiritual as well as a physical escape.
From: USD$50 / Night
T. +57 4 366 6333
Pines Retreat // Envigado
For some nearby forest bathing, the three Scandinavia-style cabins high up in the hills of Envigado provide an easy escape into nature without having to worry too much about leaving Medellin. This is hardly glamping, but these convenient cabins, just 30 minutes by car from the city, will take you on a deep dive into the pine trees that surround the city. The trio of eco-cabins, Radiata, Pinea and Albar, are all well equipped with a jacuzzi, BBQ, and a simple kitchen that will allow you to be self-sufficient in your woodland hideaway. You’ll feel like you’re in the wilderness even though the city is just below your privileged perch.
T. +57 304 468 7442
CTA: If you’re sold on one of these amazing glamping options and you need help arranging transport, check out our guide to getting around Medellin. If you need help planning your trip then please contact one of our travel advisors.
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Stargazers wanted! Pack your bags we’re heading out into nature this weekend on a tour of the most gorgeous glamping and eco-friendly places to stay in Antioquia. Recharge your batteries with some world class forest bathing.
Let us know which one you like the look of by leaving the number in our comments section.
#1 – Bosko // Guatape
#2 – Bubble Sky // El Retiro, Guatape, Envigaod
#3 – Natural Eco Hotel // Doradal
#4 – Entre Aguas Ecolodge // Doradal
#5 – Tierra de Agua // Cocorna
#6 – Pines Retreat // Envigado